top of page

Honoring the Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the Godmother of Rock and Roll, was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With her blend of gospel, rhythm and blues, and her Gibson SG guitar, She influenced Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Pete Townsend, just to name a few. She collaborated with Duke Ellington and traveled with the Lucky Millander Orchestra.

On June 10, 1949, Sister Rosetta Tharpe rocked into Old West Baltimore and performed at Historic Bethel AME Church at 1300 Druid Hill Avenue with her mother, Katie Bell Nubin, a prominent musician in her own right, and the newly formed Rosettes, Tharpe's backup singers. Tickets could be purchased at the Royal Record Shop on Historic Pennsylvania Avenue.

Check out one of Tharpe's performances:

When you want to rock, roll with Nanny Jack & Co. for authentic experiences of black America.

bottom of page